The Fox Lake Cree Nation settled in and around Fox Lake, Bird and Gillam areas along the Hudson Bay rail line to Churchill. In 1947, formal recognition was given by Canada as a separate Band. The Fox Lake Cree Nation was one of two new Bands established from the main body of the York Factory First Nation. Through the parent Band, York Factory, the Fox Lake Cree Nation is a signatory to the 1910 Adhesion to Treaty #5.
In 1985, Bird was made into reserve and a home community was established there. However, the majority of members continue to reside in the Town of Gillam and have integrated themselves into the community. Gillam is located approximately 1023 kilometers north of Winnipeg and 203 air kilometers northeast of Thompson. Bird, situated adjacent to the Limestone Generating Station, is located 53 kilometers east of the Town of Gillam.
Presently, there are nearly 1000 Members of the Fox Lake Cree Nation. Approximately 500 Members live in the communities of Bird and Gillam. Approximately 350 Members reside in Manitoba communities such as Churchill, Thompson, and Winnipeg. Approximately 150 Members live outside Manitoba. The Bird Reserve has a local population of some 200.
MFNERC recently signed an historic Education Governance Agreement with the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, for the creation of a Manitoba First Nations School System (MFNSS). The MFNSS is a First Nations-led initiative to create a new, culturally relevant, high-quality education system. Its purpose is to build a strong system that will support First Nations schools, improve the quality and relevance of education, improve academic standards, and improve student outcomes including retention, completion and graduation rates. Fox Lake School is one of the 12 Manitoba First Nation School System which will create parity and increased educational funding including teacher salaries. The Manitoba First Nations School System is expected to commence in September 2017.
Fox Lake Cree Nation is a First Nations organization
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